No matter the season, the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion, and around 44,000 pints of blood must be donated every day to meet patient needs.

Share Red Cross blood donation stories this summer Twitter: Share a story and use the #SummerofStories hashtag. Facebook: Encourage friends to join in donating blood this summer and giving patients a summer of stories. Be sure to share your own donation experiences and pictures, too. Instagram: Share a story in a picture and tag it with the #SummerofStories hashtag. Website: Share your story on the Red Cross website at To emphasize the importance of giving blood year-round, and timed with World Blood Donor Day on June 14, the American Red Cross encourages those eligible to become regular donors, especially during the summer. Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs. If at least two more donors give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — it will help ensure blood is available for patients at a moment’s notice. A stable blood supply is vital for treating trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and many others. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Jackson County June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arkansas State University, 7648 Victory Blvd. in Newport, Ark.